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Single Idea 22703

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 2. Aesthetic Attitude]

Full Idea

We routinely do not respond to art as if we were as if we were real-life spectators of its events.

Gist of Idea

We don't often respond to events in art as if they were real events


Daniel Jacobson (Ethical Criticism and the Vice of Moderation [2006], 'rejection')

Book Reference

'Aesthetics and the Phil of Art (debates)', ed/tr. Kieran,Matthew [Blackwell 2004], p.354

A Reaction

This strikes me as one of the basic facts about aesthetics, and especially of narrative art. People sometimes encounter terrible events on the street, only to find someone is making a film.